Indonesia is one of the most famous traveling destinations across Asia. Reaching Indonesia is not difficult as there are numerous options available from all the major cities. The fastest mode of transport would be plane, which connects the important cities of Malaysia. Indonesia can be traversed from Malaysia, as it has airports in almost every city. Boat is yet another mode that connects to Malaysia and Singapore seaports. Internal Indonesia can be traversed through variety of modes such as air, boat, car, motorcycle, Bajaj, Becak, Dokar, Ojek, bus and train.
Boat Transportation within Indonesia:
Island hopping from Timor to Sumatra can be done through regular ferries that runs daily or several days a week; connecting Bali, Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi and Nusa Tenggara. The schedule and current fares of these ferries can be obtained from the harbor office, shipping companies or the travel agent. Other boats such as floating tubs, fishing boat, longboat and speed boats can be used for hopping between the islands. A bulky vessel carries the cargo and the passengers across the water network and rivers.
Pelni Ships are passenger lines that are run by the Indonesian government. It operates only two or four days a week, which connects the main destinations such as Papua, Maluku and Kalimantan. Pelni is the biggest shipping line that services almost every sea route. The best part of this route is that it halts for almost four hours at every port, which gives ample time to take a quick look around. This service is not a tourist operation, but can be used by tourists in a smart manner.
Motorcycle and Car Transportation:
Motorcycles and cars can be hired on daily basis throughout Indonesia. The rent depends on the travelling distance and the type of the vehicle hired. Indonesian roads are not easy to drive, as some highways might turn out hectic, and some roads might be too narrow with unexpected potholes and hazards. Driver’s license is a must to ride a motorcycle or to drive a car.
Bus and Train Transportation:
Buses are the mainstay transport in Indonesia and probably the best method to socialize Indonesian people. Some buses offer comfortable coaches while some of them are hot, bumpy and suspension less. They are the cheapest transportation which also transports goats, chickens and pigs along with people at daytime.
Trains are the easiest mode of transport, which are restricted to Sumatra and Java province. This service connects to the Bali through ferry towards the east. The other route connects to Sumatra through the ferry towards the west.
Bajaj are the common transports in Jakarta, which is a three wheeled vehicle. The driver sits in the front and there is a place for two passengers at the back. The machine of this vehicle is placed below the seating of the driver.
Becak is a cycle rickshaws with three wheels, which is driven by a driver who sits at the elevated rear. This transport is meant for two passengers and the fair is often bargained. This transport can offer good sightseeing, if it is hired for a long duration.
Dokar is a horse drawn jingling cart, which can be found throughout the country. This transport is meant for four passengers along with few bags. Ponies or horses are normally well looked after by the owner of the Dokar.
Ojek are the motorcycle riders that transport passengers in bargain able prices. They are found at the crossroads, market areas and bus terminals. They can be rented for sightseeing, on an hourly basis.
Air transportation is expensive as compared to the other modes. Due to growing competition and extensive growth in the mode of transport, competitive fares can be enjoyed occasionally.